April 2012

Film Review: The Avengers

The Avengers could have been a colossal mess. Marvel’s latest offering has a huge, ensemble cast and follows a string of questionable ventures that haven’t quite managed to capture the sparkle of the…

YACHT Release Perfume

Now you can smell like electro-pop group, YACHT, sounds. The duo, Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans, teamed up with a fragrance company in Portland, Oregon to bring you this exclusive scent. Get your…

Track Review: “Clouds” – Deep Time

Preceding the release of their sophomore effort as a duo, and debut under the moniker Deep Time (formerly Yellow Fever), the group’s label Hardly Art has made one track available for download. “Clouds”…

Bon Iver Taping at Austin City Limits

Currently in taping for its 38th season, Austin City Limits is a stalwart, monolithic television program unlike any other.  The fact that the program has achieved this with unwavering dedication to music has…

Belaire Album Release Party with Deep Time and Good Field

Austin has been waiting a long time for a record from electro-pop group Belaire.  But the wait is over.  Helmed by Cari Palazzolo, the line-up also includes Cari’s twin sister Christa and Matt…

Connected Aesthetics: Talking with Keep Shelly in Athens

In considering their visceral videos for songs such as “Our Own Dream” and the consistent backdrop of layered videos projected behind the band during their recent set at the Mohawk in Austin, it…

Film Reivew: The Five-Year Engagement

Jason Segel is an ambitiousguy—continuing his duties starring in a television series (How I Met Your Mother), while finding time to write and produce films. First we were given the much adored Forgetting…

Album Review: Allo Darlin’ – Europe

Following the highly successful release of their debut album in 2010, Allo Darlin’ embarked on a yearlong tour across the US, UK, and Europe. It was during this intense period of time that…

Chairlift and Nite Jewel Live in Austin at The Mohawk

Mohawk’s pre-show atmosphere was the perfect setting for a Tuesday show from Chairlift and their openers.  The weather, cooling in the late evening, made downtown Austin itself seem sleepy, as if its weekend…

Field Report Live in Austin at The Mohawk

If you could bottle a storm, the result would be Field Report. The thunder vibrating powerfully, but quietly muffled against the glass. The lightning flashing, beautifully charged. Field Report knows how to keep…

Jonathan Richman Live at Fleche D’or in Paris, France

Jonathan Richman comes from another world. His songs tell us about his experiences on the “astral plane” and a girl he knew in some “ancient long ago” time. So when he steps up…

Album Review: Hospitality – Hospitality

Hospitality’s self-titled debut album employs indie-pop sensibilities, infectious hooks, and dynamic rhythms to achieve a well rounded and convincing first effort.  Hospitality has been long anticipated in some regards, since the band formed…

Travis Nichols: Wholly DIY

To say that Travis Nichols’ recent event at the Bronze Doors Academy simply functioned to support his new book, Matthew Meets the Man, ignores other, clearly salient reasons: interacting with the community and…

Gallery Opening: Christie Blizard – When I Was 16, I Saw the White Buffalo

Christie Blizard’s new solo show, When I Was 16, I Saw the White Buffalo, is open now at Women and Their Work, a gallery in Austin, TX that commands respect for its unwavering…

Film Review: American Reunion

The newest installment of the American Pie franchise reunites some of the original players and adopts a more mature view of the situations in which the characters find themselves.  American Reunion runs a…

Film Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Since first leaving the theater after watching Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, I’ve been describing it to friends as Indiana Jones done as a British comedy.  While it does not necessarily borrow only…

Film Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games succeeds in its writing, acting, ambitious cinematography and set design, but a more fundamental examination of the structure of the original text bears primary responsibility for its achievement. Whether in…

Shearwater – “You As You Were”

Shearwater’s first video from their new album, Animal Joy, represents everything you would expect from such a focused, unique, and beautiful band.  “You As You Were” was directed by Alix Lambert and features…

Album Review: Shearwater – Animal Joy

Austin based, genre-fusing indie outfit Shearwater has again produced one of the finest albums of the year, or the past few for that matter.  Claiming that Shearwater is inaccessible (as some might) is…

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